What are Onsets and Rimes?

Understanding onsets and rimes, or word families, can help students decode words more quickly. A syllable can normally be divided into two parts: the onset, which consists of the initial consonant or consonant blend, and the rime, consisting of the vowel and any final consonants. For example: in the word strap, str is the onset and ap is the rime. The ability to recognize rimes requires an underlying awareness that rhyming words end with the same sound. But, rhymes are not the same as rimes. Spite and white are rhymes and rimes because they sound the same and both have the –ite ending. The word light is a rhyme, because it sounds the same as spite and white, but it is not a rime, because it doesn’t have the -ite ending. It doesn’t look the same.

Download Danny’s Beginning Sounds (Onsets) Chart 

Download Danny’s Common Rimes Chart